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  1. 14 minutes ago, Don Silsbe said:

    I don’t think the Japanese engineers of these products have any idea how we use them here in the States.

    😁 … or maybe that's the reason they raised the bar and build Tundras in Texas and Titans in Mississippi. Great little boats like Lula look good going down the road, not dwarfed by those big rigs.

  2. FWIW - Several years ago I discovered on my big boat that the lightning ground from the mast to the keel and another from the mast to the grounding plate would come apart in my hands. Turns out that the builder used welding cable back in the day — bad idea and definitely not approved nowadays. A friend recommended bestboatwire.com as a resource for marine grade cable. I got tinned copper very large battery cables that they cut to my specs and installed terminals. I feel more secure but still hope the boat isn’t hit by lightning (again). I was pleased with their service and that the wire is made in the USA. 



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  3. 15 hours ago, Randy Jones said:

    Has anyone looked into adapting the inflation mechanism of a self inflating life vest into a mast head float?  Looks like the vests offer 22 to 33 lb of buoyancy.   I'm thinking marry the inflation portion with a deflated "bag" rolled up and restrained by velco, or a deflated bag secured along the front of the mast.  Could strap the whole works to the top of the mast or even conceal the "bag" inside a mast extension and have it pop out like a "jack-in-the-box".     

    Certainly not as trustworthy as a solid mast head float but I suspect MacGyver could make it work.  


    I recall there was a discussion on this forum about that and other ideas for alternatives but I can't locate it just now. There are some commercial products that have potential, and I like your MacGyver idea. But as you note not as trustworthy and once deployed then what? My experience is that if you capsize once you can capsize again ...


  4. I got a large masthead float (30 lb) from B&B. Simple to assemble, very light, and I will feel more confident sailing alone with it up there. A few photos attached:

    -- Assembled float. Alan told me he used Gorilla glue so that is what I did. Then rasping and sanding to smooth it.

    -- I don't have any photos of the glassing process but there are a couple of the finished product. I did it in two steps (one half at a time) and learned that putting on the cloth and smoothing it on the fly while putting on epoxy didn't work that well for me. Cutting, fitting and smoothing before the epoxy was much better and resulted in less trimming, sanding and fairing.


    I think it turned out well and my finishing flaws aren't apparent when it is at the masthead. I installed mine on the mizzen mast; my thinking is that there isn't much difference in mast height and the mizzen is close to amidships. I don't have any photos of it on the masthead yet unless someone got one at the Messabout. It can be seen at the end of the video of Todd's boat above - my boat is at the dock.





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  5. What Don said!  (lots of free advice on this forum). If your Tanzer is a 16, with some pre-rigging you can get rigging time down to less than 30 minutes, and if the sailing club has parking the boat can be left rigged on the trailer and you can put on the sails and be in the water quickly. I did that with my Tanzer 16 and was sailing more quickly than for any boat I have owned since.



  6. There is a great story in Small Boats Monthly this month about a cruise on the Columbia River by a Core Sound 20 and an Arctic Tern. Lots of photos and an adventure that I enjoyed vicariously. Great to see Samni's boat featured (CS20 Wren) -- hope to hear more!


    Small Boats Monthly is a digital magazine. I am not sure about access to articles for non-subscribers, but here is the link:





    On 3/7/2021 at 9:56 AM, Nick C said:

    What kind of monohull is being sailed by Twobeers & Moresailsed? They are sustaining high speed!

     It started life as a flying scot but has been changed greatly. O.H. Rodgers design.

    Thanks, Foghorn. The photo Reacher posted looks nothing like a Flying Scot, even the Frankenscot which appeared in 2014, so I was curious and did a little internet searching. Twobeers and O.H. Rodgers designed and built a 22-foot sloop known as the Spawn of Frankenscot. So it is a new hull hence the major new look. From a blog post by Amy Smith Linton: "A 22-foot long sloop, with a sliding rowing seat and a centerboard, Spawn's chockablock with upcycled parts: a used Melges-20 carbon-fiber mast, twin rudders from a Hobie 16, a narwhale-like bowsprit fabricated from a Captiva mast, Frankenscot's old shaped centerboard, a massive carbon-fiber boom constructed from an A-cat mast that met with an unfortunate accident, big wide hiking racks made of aluminum tubing, borrowed oars." And water ballast, high tech sails, etc.


    Sheesh, I thought some of us did boat tinkering. And they are competing in Class 4, right?




  8. I'm with you, Steve! I have a Moccasin 14 on order and my plan is to have extended decks and bulkheads instead of thwarts to end up with tanks. Looking somewhat like the B&B Birder, but with the CNC assist in cutting out parts. I have always been leery of sailing in a canoe but the video you included is really interesting, so now I am thinking about it. I had not come across Ray Goodwin on YouTube before and his demos are excellent.


    I have been thinking about one of those kite-like sails for dead downwind (<$30 on Amazon) but Ray makes it look easy to reach with his rig. Do you know if he made his sail or is that a commercial product? Low aspect, flexible mast, easy to rig. I might be reluctant to cleat anything though.


    Please keep posting with your research. I will start a new topic on my project when I get underway.



  9. My experience was very similar to Mark’s and like he said it was a little scary, at least the first time. But I realized I had very secure rigging and the boat is pretty tough so working with it on its side turned out well (with old towels on the floor for padding and well chocked). I don’t have as much headroom as appears in the photos but I have a chain hoist so no problem with lift capacity on one end and I borrowed my neighbor’s shop crane for the other. And that’s the reason for this reply: I am now a real believer in the flexibility of using a crane. I rigged it at the bow eye with a webbing sling to prevent gouges from chain and I could lift, lower, and move side to side with little effort and under the tracks of my 7-foot garage door.  So Todd, this is a testimonial for a crane if you are constrained for head space. Maybe a neighbor has one and you can just roll it down the street like I did. 


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  10. Looking good! You should check out Alan’s video about flipping his boat single handed.


    I wanted to note that your shop photo of your boat is the only one I have seen in this forum with a vintage airplane in the background!



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